Saturday, January 03, 2009

Yet another distraction

I'm killing a brief portion of my online day by playing Forumwarz, a funny RPG parody that takes place on the Internet.

Between this and Mob Wars on Facebook, it's amazing I get anything done.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The list dwindles

Interestingly, my list of old shows I want to see keeps getting smaller. Today, I stumbled across an episode of the short-lived The Second Hundred Years.

A guy gets frozen in an avalanche in 1900s Alaska, and is revived almost 70 years later, where, as the deep freeze put him in suspended animation, he finds himself younger than his son and about the same age as his grandson.

Yeah, it happens to everyone eventually, right? This playlist has the episode divided into three parts.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Making a list, checking it twice...

Still working on my list of must-see shows, but I have a sample for you. Here's the opening for Supertrain, a flop from 1979 that only lasted a few months. From what I hear, it was basically, like Love Boat on a train.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Well, 2008 is almost done as I write this. It also marks a whole year's worth of daily posts. I don't know if I'll keep up daily posts in the coming year; I might focus more on quality than quantity.

I'd like to thank all of you who come here and read this blog and take the time to comment; I really appreciate it.

In 2009, I'm going to finally finish Bad Movies From A to Z, if only so I can start another project I've been thinking of doing, and hopefully, I'll be able to write more in-depth posts in general.

Have a safe night tonight, and I'll see you in the new year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Finding TV treasure

In researching my list of must-see TV shows I mentioned yesterday, I rediscovered the treasure trove of old TV at the Internet Archive.

For example...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Do I really need to watch more TV shows?


As many shows as I've seen, I am reminded that there are four basic groups into which TV shows fall:

1) Shows I remember

2) Shows I know I've seen but don't recall

3) Shows I have heard of but have never seen

4) What the hell was that?

The latter two categories are the most interesting to me, because it astounds me when you think of just how much stuff has been on TV, good, bad, and bizarre. Even with as much TV as I consumed as a kid, growing up with three solid independent stations that offered a cornucopia of TV shows, there's stuff that I just plain missed.

Here's an example of all four types of TV shows:

Fortunately, the Internet is chock full of people who share their memories of shows, which often times is the only resource for people like me who have yet to make the trip to the Paley Center for Media for research.

Someday I'll make it to the West Coast branch of the center, and I'll finally be able to see such lost shows as Turn-On, a Laugh-In-type show that was canceled after its first episode (and in some markets during the broadcast). Any time a book about TV referred to legendary flops, Turn-On was always at the top of the list.

In many cases, I'm sure there's a pretty logical reason why we don't see certain shows: they're abysmal. But I feel like there's a treasure trove of stuff out there that I have yet to see. It's sort of like archaeology, except with fewer degrees, less travel, and (in my case, at least), a developing pot belly.

Some shows defy belief that they managed to make it to air. But everything that did represents the fact that someone, somewhere, thought a program was worthy enough to spend money on and show to millions of people.

A great example of this is illustrated in an article on Television Obscurities that features 10 of the "most outlandish TV concepts ever."

And before you ask, yes, I've seen most of them. You can say many things about me, but you can't say I don't have a morbid sense of curiosity and a strong stomach for weird programming.

I think I'll work on a list of my must-see shows in the next day or so, and why I want to see them. Feel free to jog my memory in the comments.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Idol of millions, give or take a few million

Earlier tonight, I got to play Rock Band 2 on Xbox Live with some friends, which was a lot of fun. And I hardly even sucked that bad, too.

This was a pretty fun weekend. We did some Christmas get-together stuff and hung around the house as well, although we did manage to take advantage of the sunshine that beamed in through the windows.

And, apropos of nothing, here's a video: